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Extra lessons gross overkill

Published:Wednesday | September 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: It is a mere three weeks into the new school year and once again the issue of extra lessons has arisen.

Students, primarily the ones who will sit the GSAT exams next year, are being asked to attend school for an extra three hours per day and also on Saturdays. This, of course, for a fee.

While I am not averse to students securing all the help they can, one gets the feeling that this is a source of extra income for the teachers. In addition to this, the poor students are left to feel that if they don't go to these extra lessons, they are at a disadvantage.

Parents simply cannot afford any more strain on their pockets. All around us every day, prices are going up. The price of food has skyrocketed. The daily lunch money has had to be increased because meals now cost more. Bus fares have also been hiked. The only constant in this equation are our salaries, which have been frozen for some time. How much more can we be asked to take?

The Ministry of Education needs to intervene or to come up with a policy regarding these extra lessons. Everyone wants the best for their children, but some of us simply cannot afford it.

We have a choice to send our children to these extra classes, but we must also be assured that the curriculum is covered within the regular school hours. The child who does not attend extra classes should not be left at a disadvantage because certain topics are only being taught at extra lessons and not during regular school.

I would like to think that the well-intentioned teacher who wants the best for his/her students will make time to assist students who genuinely need help instead of insisting on having school on a Saturday.